Spooky Halloween Cupcakes


Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Listen up, Mamas! We have ONE week ’til Halloween. It’s time to get your act together, and start making treats for all these parties and events on your calendar. Oh, and if you’re like me, you better get those costumes finished up too!

I’ve got you covered for an easy and adorable last minute party treat. These spooky DIY cupcakes will make everyone think you’ve been hard at work in the kitchen all weekend instead of sitting around watching the Vols or goofing off at the pumpkin patch.

I’ve scoured the internet for ideas so you don’t have to (you’re welcome) and I came up with four spook-tacular designs, which I tweaked to make them a little better and a little easier.

Here’s how I made them:

As usual, I started with a dozen cupcakes. I like to use a box mix for cupcakes. My favorites are Pillsbury White Cake Mix, or Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge.

I made my favorite buttercream frosting recipe, and divided it into bowls, then tinted it with food coloring to make the colors I needed: black, orange, pink, green, and purple. And I kept a lot of white aside as well.

1. Cute Little Vampire

Tools you’ll need: Cupcakes, purple frosting, a frosting bag filled with black frosting with Wilton #16 tip tip, another frosting bag filled with white frosting with Wilton #352 tip, and another black frosting bag with #3 tip.

Step 1: Frost the entire cupcake with purple frosting and smooth.

Step 2: Using the #16 star tip, create the vampire’s hair. Pull away from the cupcake with the frosting as you squeeze to create the spiky effect.

Step 3: Add black dots for the eyes, a black line for the mouth, and two white fangs using the leaf tip. I used my finger to make the fangs a little pointier after the frosting dried.

2. Oozy Brain

Tools you’ll need: Cupcakes, pink frosting, a frosting bag filled with pink frosting with Wilton #12 tip tip, raspberry jelly.

Step 1: Frost the entire cupcake with pink frosting, and smooth.

Step 2: Using the #12 round tip, draw a straight line in the center of the cupcake, then draw curvy lines to look like a brain on each side of the straight line.

Step 3: Mix a spoonful of raspberry jelly with a little water to make it runny. Then drizzle it over the cupcake to look like blood.

3. Jack-O-Lantern

Tools you’ll need: Cupcakes, a frosting bag filled with orange frosting with a Wilton #104 tip, another frosting bag filled with black frosting with a Wilton #3 tip, and one more frosting bag filled with green frosting with a Wilton #3 tip.

Step 1: Using the #104 tip, with the wide side facing the outside of the cupcake, make long swipes of frosting across the entire cupcake each one overlapping the last, and ending with one long swipe in the center. If you work from the outside in, you will get a more realistic pumpkin look.

Step 2: Using the #3 round tip, add the Jack-O-Lantern’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Outline them first, then fill in with frosting.

Step 3: Using the #3 round tip, add the green vines at the top of the pumpkin.

4. Mummy-Licious

Tools you’ll need: Cupcakes, black frosting, a frosting bag filled with white frosting with Wilton #47 tip tip, and edible eyeballs.

Step 1: Frost the entire cupcake with black frosting, and smooth.

Step 2: Using the #47 tip (with the FLAT side up), make long swipes across then entire cupcake. Overlap them to create the mummy effect, and leave some open space in the middle for the eyeballs.

Step 3: Add two edible eyeballs in the open space.

I love these spooky little treats! They’re easy enough to make with the kiddos, and cute enough to take to a party. Enjoy!

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Haley McManigal
Hi there! I’m Haley, a middle-aged-momma to Lukas and Laney, and wife to Dan. I’ve lived in East Tennessee my whole life, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. After moving all over Knox County and surrounding areas, my family has settled in Hardin Valley where we intend to stay at least until the kids graduate from high school. My son was born in 2017, changing my life forever, and my daughter completed our family in 2020. I work as an architect and project manager at a global design firm. I think it’s pretty cool that I get to meet with people from all over the world from my home office on a daily basis. I am happiest when I’m able to strike just the right balance between home and work life. But my family is my greatest treasure and my most fulfilling role in life so far is Mommy. My favorite things are reading, writing, cooking, exploring, and making things. I don’t have much free time these days but when I’m able to squeeze in a few of these activities it really pays off. I love being a part of Knoxville Moms and I cherish the opportunity to share this journey of motherhood here with you!


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